Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

A new way to monitor pregnant cows.

By Liny Lamberink

A sensor attached to their tails sends text alerts to help detect when they're in labour.


Length: 1:17

Grain Farmers of Ontario chairman Mark Brock says he's pleased to see the latest bee wintering loss numbers.
    
Brock suggests those numbers reinforce that Ontario's rush to restrict neonics was unnecessary.
    
The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists reports the national percentage of colony winter losses for 2015-16 was almost 17 per cent.
    
That's similar to the 2014-15 winter losses -- and the third lowest loss percentage since the national survey began in 2007.

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The federal Agriculture Minister says $6.4-million will be spent in the next three years to help promote Canadian beef worldwide.
   
Lawrence MacAulay recently announced the funding, saying it will help strengthen Canada's beef brand globally and lead to greater returns for farmers
   
The announcement comes after Canada recently reopened or expanded export markets after the fallout from a mad-cow disease scare in 2003.
   
Canada's beef industry exported $2.2-billion worth of meat to 58 countries last year.

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And University of New Hampshire dairy researchers have a new way to monitor pregnant cows.
   
A sensor attached to their tails sends text alerts to help detect when they're in labour.
   
It's called "Moocall,'' and it measures tail movement patterns triggered by labour contractions.
   
On average, it alerts dairy managers by cellphone and email about an hour before a cow gives birth.

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The federal government has announced $400,000 for a wine grape research program at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Kentville Research Centre in Nova Scotia.
   
The program will help the province's wine industry grow with new information about varieties, growing techniques, and processing that will help grape growers and wineries take full advantage of the region's unique microclimates and land.
   
Three new federal scientists will be hired to complement existing research at the Centre as part of a program that will include a vineyard to evaluate grape varieties.
   
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And the federal and Manitoba governments are investing $500,000 in an expansion project that will increase bacon production at Maple Leaf Food in Winnipeg.
   
Production is to be increased by eight million kilograms every year.
 

 


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